Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome Causes
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Causes of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
There is no single cause for this condition. It can be due to a number of different factors or conditions. These conditions include:
- Malalignment of the knee joint-often caused by dysfunction in the feet. People who pronate (roll their feet out) when they walk pull the kneecap out of line. This causes painful rubbing of the kneecap against the bones of the knee. Rarely, this condition occurs because the kneecap is located too high or too low in the knee joint.
- Weak anterior thigh muscles (quadriceps)-help to hold the kneecap in place as it moves. If these muscles are weak, they cannot hold the kneecap in the correct position. This causes the kneecap to rub against the femur during movement.
- Overuse and overloading the knee joint-especially from high-impact sports or activities can cause pain.
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